Welcome to San Clemente
Just before reaching San Diego County, PCH slows down and rolls past the laid-back surf town of San Clemente. Home to surfing legends, top-notch surfboard companies and Surfing magazine, this unpretentious enclave may be one of the last spots in the OC where you can authentically live the surf lifestyle. Right on, brah.A quick detour inland, the Surfing Heritage Foundation tells the history of the sport by... Read More
Top experiences in San Clemente
San Clemente activities
Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour
Meet your guide at Piazza Barberini in central Rome, and stroll to the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione to discover the Capuchin Crypts. Start by entering the crypt’s museum to see an incredible Caravaggio painting – St Francis in Meditation – as well as other relics about St Francis (Italy’s patron saint), and then head into the jaw-dropping crypts. From its arched walls to the picture frames that hang upon them, the chapel is made entirely from human bones. The mesmerizing display was created by the Capuchin monks who used the remains of their departed brothers to decorative effect.Hear the history and then head back above ground to stroll to the Appian Way. One of the world’s longest roads, it’s also known for being home to the catacombs – nearly 186 miles (300km) of underground tunnels that were used as burial chambers by Rome’s early Christians. Skip past any entrance lines and go below ground with your guide to visit the largest one – Domitilla Catacombs (Catacomb di Santa Domitilla) – and marvel at the treasures that lie deep beneath the city. Christianity was once banned in Rome and so the catacombs provided a peaceful sanctuary where they could worship. Marvel at the Christian wall paintings and see an underground 12th-century church, too.Head back above ground and walk to your tour’s final highlight, the Basilica of San Clemente. A one-of-a-kind church, the basilica actually comprises three buildings – from the12th centuries – each built on top of the other. Skip the lines outside and as you explore with your guide, you’ll see different slices of Rome’s history, noting how the architecture gets grander in each building. Admire magnificent Renaissance and 11th-century frescoes and pose for pictures under an eye-catching mosaic.Your tour finishes inside the Basilica of San Clemente, and you can stay longer if you wish to soak up the splendor of the church at your own pace.
Rome Super Saver: Crypts, Catacombs and Ghost Tour
Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Tour (3.5 Hours)Meet your guide in central Rome and then set off for Appian Way. One of the world’s longest roads, it’s also home to the city’s catacombs. Skip past the entrance lines and descend into the Domitilla Catacombs (Catacomb di Santa Domitilla) with your guide. Discover how Rome’s early Christians used the tunnels as burial chambers as well as a place of worship when Christianity was banned.Next, travel by coach to the Basilica of San Clemente. A one-of-a-kind church, the basilica actually comprises three buildings each built on top of the other. Skip the lines and head inside to explore with your guide.Your final stop of the tour is at the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione, where you’ll discover the Capuchin Crypts. Visit the crypt’s museum to see Caravaggio’s St Francis in Meditation painting as well as other relics about St Francis, Italy’s patron saint. Then, head into the jaw-dropping crypts, where you’ll find a chapel made entirely from human bones.Your tour concludes outside the chapel. You’ll then have around 3 hours of free time to continue sightseeing independently until your evening tour.Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour of Rome (1.5 Hours)After the sun sets, make your own way to Sant'Andrea della Valle church near the banks of the Tiber River. After meeting your expert guide and group, set off on foot to explore the Eternal City’s most enthralling historical and supernatural mysteries.Wander the winding streets of the historical city center and hear spine-chilling stories about ghostly apparitions as well as fascinating legends and mysteries. As you delve into Rome’s murky past, wonder at the city’s sights illuminated against the night sky. Pass through Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and stroll through Campo de' Fiori and Palazzo Farnese. See also the charming Via Giulia and the atmospheric Via del Governo Vecchio near Piazza Navona.After roughly 1.5 hours, your tour concludes by the imposing Castel Sant'Angelo.
Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat
Choose the departure time that best suits your schedule, and then make your own way to the Ospedale vaporetto (water bus) stop in central Venice.Meet your local skipper-guide and board your beautiful Venetian boat, either a sampierotta which is use for 4 or less people (fishing boat) or a bragozzo (two-masted trawler), for groups of more than 5 people. Calmly drift away from the UNESCO-listed city and out onto the shimmering waters of the Venetian Lagoon to begin your panoramic boat ride around Venice and its picturesque islands.Cruise across the lagoon’s still waters, gliding smoothly through St Mark's Basin toward the nearby island of Sant'Andrea. Be rewarded with stunning views of St Mark's Basilica as you pass through the basin, and admire Forte di Sant’Andrea, a statuesque, 16th-century fortress, when you reach Sant'Andrea. Then, take in the rural landscape of Vignole.Continue along Venice Lido, a 6.8 mile-long (11 km) sandbar that is nestled between the Venetian Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea, toward the remote islands of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, San Servolo, San Clemente, Le Grazie, Giudecca, and San Giorgio Maggiore.Sit back and relax as your skipper-guide pauses the boat in an idyllic spot between Giudecca and San Giorgio. Hear the pop of corks as your boat bobs lazily on the water. With half a bottle of Prosecco per person, sip on a glass of sparkling, Italian wine (or a soft drink, if you prefer) and savor the taste as you watch the sun begin to slip behind the horizon.With your camera in hand, marvel at the brilliant reds, oranges and pinks that spill out across the sky, casting a warm glow over the lagoon and the nearby Salute Church and St Mark’s Square.After the sun has set, savor the last of your Prosecco and hear tales about Venice’s rich history from your driver-guide as you return to the city by way of St Elena and the Arsenale.Your tour then concludes back at the original departure point.Please note: from December to February, there is a maximum of 4 passenger per booking
Basilica of San Clemente Small-Group Tour in Rome
Meet your guide at Piazza San Clemente, pay your entrance fee, and make your way inside the square’s centrepiece basilica. Your skip-the-line ticket allows you to whisk past any long lines. As you enter, listen to your guide to learn about the 3-tiered basilica, which was built over the 1st, 4th, and 12th centuries. Starting inside the 12th-century building, you’ll admire the rich ornamentation of the interior as you hear about Cardinal Anastasius for whom the church was built. Gaze at a Byzantine mosaic with an arabesque motif, and stare in wonder at the frescoed floor of the edifice. The 4th-century basilica lies one level beneath the ground. Head down to explore the aisles and central naves as your guide talks about St. Alexius and St. Clemente, whose lives are depicted in magnificent frescoes. Finally, walk down to the basilica’s lowest level where the remains of the 1st-century building await. Discover once-secret rooms, such as a Mithraic schoolroom, and work your way around a tangle of rooms and corridors made from volcanic stone. Your tour ends inside the basilica.
Rome Catacombs and San Clemente Underground Tour
Meet your guide at the Basilica San Clemente to begin this fascinating tour of Rome's ancient underground sights.Make your way down 60 feet underneath the beautiful San Clemente church to see the different layers - including a 4th-century church and the remains of an ancient Roman house.From there, travel to the Catacombs of Domitilla to explore one of the Christian Catacombs of Rome. See a 4th-century underground basilica and follow your guide through the maze of tunnels in which Christians buried their dead starting in about the 1st century.For nearly 3 centuries, Christianity was illegal in the Roman Empire, and Christians were forced to bury their dead outside the city walls and perform their religious rituals in secrecy. Join in on this incredible journey that also gives you the chance to walk on one of the world's most famous and ancient roads that was the main artery to the Roman Empire, the ancient Appian Way.
Venice Islands Sunset Cruise
Step aboard your boat near San Zaccaria Church in Venice, and enjoy fine views of the city from the water as you embark on your cruise. Marvel at the ancient waterside buildings and bridges as you glide across St Mark’s Basin, past the island of Giudecca and into the Venetian Lagoon.Cruise gracefully past the ancient monasteries on San Clemente, San Servolo and San Lazzaro degli Armeni islands, as the sun’s rays cast an orange glow over the Italian brickwork. These small islands sit a little south of the city itself and have been home to monks, pilgrims, crusaders and soldiers for centuries.While on board, enjoy a glass of prosecco or a soft drink, and soak up the last of the day’s sunshine. Cruise toward the small island of Sant’Andrea, home since the 16th century to a large fortress that was built to defend the city and protect it from attack. Let the crew navigate you expertly along as the sun sits heavy on the horizon, leaving you time to take advantage of the spectacular light to take as many photographs as you like. Then, continue to the island of Vignole, a pleasant setting enjoyed by both the Romans and Venetians as a vacation destination. Finally, cruise towards its neighbor, Sant’Erasmo, a place once used as a port for the islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Today, Sant’Erasmo is best known for its fresh fruit and vegetables that are grown in abundance. After 1.5-hours out on the water, return to the start point where your cruise finishes.